Here we are, three days after crossing the finish line in Portland. My rear end no longer pains me when I sit, the old man noises have dwindled some and I was able to walk the neighborhood with Michelle.
The bike still sits in the garage and will NOT move for another week, but the body is on its way to recovery.
This was my 4th time on this ride, the first was exactly 10 years ago, and I did it in two days, the rest were all 1 day rides.
These are just some random thinkings about my rides and the STP in general… Continue reading “Seattle to Portland Thoughts”
Well ladies and gents, let’s go into the Way Back and machine and dial-up 4 years ago this weekend. In 2014, late on Saturday night, our hero, rolled across the finish line in Portland.
It was the 2014 Seattle to Portland, I had ridden 200 miles in some seriously brain frying heat. I look pretty spry here, but 10 minutes later…
I looked more like a zombie! In all honestly, I had planned be done with that ride! I said never again.
Then 2018 hit… Continue reading “I know, I know… I said I would never do it again….”
Ladies and gents, I am not like most avid cyclists in a couple of ways. First off, I have only one bike, It is my commuter, long distancer, multi day trekker, errand runner, indoor exerciser and over all work horse. I figure I only have one butt, so I only need one bike.
I also NEVER set a mileage goal for the year. I set out to ride as often and as far as I can, but I truly don’t want to put any stress on myself for riding. It’s supposed to be enjoyable. If I set a goal, I will start berating myself if I don’t get ‘enough’ miles each month.
However, near the end of the year, things can change… Continue reading “I caught a window!”
In the past, I used to do a blog post at the end of each month called Racking up the miles. In it, I would recap the month of riding, the amount of miles I accomplished, the high and low points during the month, and share my favorite photos. Somewhere along the way I stopped doing this. Maybe one of these days I will start again.
Looking back though, over the history of this blog, more so than any other, May has always been an interesting month… Continue reading “There is just something about May”
It is scary how quickly the months are flying by. Between work, kids, house and life in general, suddenly yet another month has passed! In fact, I took a look at the calendar just now and damned if it isn’t already the 6th of this month!!! This is just flat nuts.
Once again, March found me away for a week in the wilds of Spokane! Worse yet, it was during the nicest cycling weather of the year so far. Yep getting miles this month was NOT easy…. Continue reading “Wracking Up the Miles: March 2016”
Michelle shared a news story today on Facebook, No exaggeration, Between October 1st and March 1st the Seattle area received over 36 inches of rain. Now for the math challenged that is over 3 feet of rain. This winter is doing everything it can to make for the last year, which was dry as a tater chip.
With that much rain, falling on that many days, riding days were hard to come by… Continue reading “Racking Up the Miles: February 2016”
Part of me wanting to be a science teacher way back in the way back days is that I have an affinity for numbers. I have a friend who regularly posts on Facebook that Algebra is evil and will never be used outside the classroom. I always reply that Algebra is your friend, and will always come in handy. I can see her sneer every time I say this!
In my travels I have learned that more so than different religions, political parties, or even WSU and that other school in WA, those who like math and those who don’t will never understand each other. EVER!
I will continue to hope that someday she will see the light… But I digress!
One of the numbers I like to track are the milestone numbers. The triple zeros at the end of the number. Yesterday was one of those days… Continue reading “A new Milestone”
Folks, the first month of 2016 has NOT been the greatest ever. The weather has remembered it is supposed to be cold, or wet or cold AND wet. Not the best conditions for our hero to be pedaling in.
I also had one of my hardest crashes in quite a while, the back wheel hit slippery metal on the trail
and I crashed and burned.
And I unexpectedly lost a dear friend. Yeah, January was not so great, but I kept the wheels a turning… Continue reading “Racking Up the Miles: January 2016”
November in the Pacific Northwest is greeted with a bid a trepidation. It is generally our wettest month of the year. It is also, pure and simple, often the wildest weather month of the year. I have seen pounding rain, flooding , major windstorms, and freezing butt cold, ALL in the same month. Wait, that was THIS year! We had all four!
The only thing we didn’t have, much to my wife’s displeasure, is any snow. Though in past years some of the most crippling snows in Seattle have occurred in November.
For cycling Tony, with this type of weather, one would assume the cycling sucked…. Continue reading “Racking Up the Miles: November 2015”
Thinking back to last year at this time, I remember stressing some about the miles I was getting. To clarify a bit, I am not one of those who sets a goal for a year of a number of miles to hit, then come hell or high water I make it. To me, miles mean exercise, and exercise means staying in shape.
Last year, as the fall hit, I was spending entirely too much time in Spokane training new hires. Since I was in a hotel, I was eating out, and when I eat out I enjoy my food and when I enjoy my food I don’t work out as much (especially when I don’t have a bike) and ,,,,
Yeah, I was a mess. So this year, even though I am NOT away, I have a shorter bike commute, so I was worried about the total miles… Continue reading “Racking up the Miles: Oct 2015”